Frequently Asked Questions
What is T Gauge?
From left to right: T (1:450), Z (1:220) and N (1:160) scales.
Who makes T Gauge?
What kinds of T Gauge products does Eishindo make?
Does Eishindo make anything but Japanese commuter trains?
How much does a train set cost?
Where can I buy T Gauge?
When was T Gauge introduced?
Two years of development finally culminated in the first practical demonstration of what he called "the zero generation" at the Tokyo Toy Fair 2006. The train could only operate on straight track, but it was enough to get the ball rolling.
By the end of 2007, under contractual obligation, a limited quantity of the first generation products were released to a mail order company, but Mr. Hirai was not satisfied with the quality (there were also delays due to lead in the paint used by the Chinese manufacturer). So, market distribution was postponed until the summer of 2008, after many improvements to the products.
The second train set, the Hankyu type 9000, was scheduled for release in the autumn of 2008, but Mr. Hirai postponed it for the sake of improving quality. The drive mechanism has been completely redesigned for improved performance. Says Mr. Hirai,
We should not be afraid of any delays if it makes [things] better, since we have to compete with ourselves.
Mr. Hirai is delighted that T Gauge is enjoying an enthusiastic following around the world. He has indicated that many new and very exciting products are being planned.
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